Continuing our journey from Split to Dubrovnik, our next stop was Korcula, my second favorite city in Croatia. It is an old city surrounded by a fortress. Streets and buildings were designed in a maze to keep invaders from quickly exiting the city.
I love this city because of the unique castles and walls and the fact that Marco Polo spent a lot of time here. Some say he was born here (there is a Marco Polo house you can visit) but others say he was born in Venice.
Our next stop was Mljet, Croatia – a sleepy little fishing town with great seafood restaurants.
Next to it was a national park in an area called Pomena. Here you can cycle, swim or visit a local monastery. The waters are glacial so the colors are amazingly emerald.
A short boat drive takes you to the monastery and the surrounding area is astonishingly beautiful.
We ended our evening enjoying a sunset in a local restaurant.
The waiter’s fiance’s mother owned the restaurant and he introduced us to her and his fiance. Everyone we met in Croatia were so warm and welcoming. The waiter also looks a little like our oldest son, Cameron.
Ston is a walled city located at the south of isthmus of the Pelješac. Before visiting Ston, we stopped into an adjoining fishing village called Mali Ston.
From here, we took a boat to a local family’s oyster farm, where we tasted fresh oysters.
They explained how they raise the oysters before they gave us a taste.
This was the first time I’ve ever eaten oysters. I didn’t think I would like them but they were quite good.
After eating our fill of oysters, we made our way to the walled city of Ston. No, you’re not in China but they do have a great wall.
We needed to get more steps in for the day so we walked along the wall.
As you reach the top, you are rewarded with a nice view.
Prior to reaching Dubrovnik, we were offered a couple of swims — I took advantage of each opportunity. Living in the Gulf of Mexico, we are used to 80 to 85 degree water. This water was more like 60 degrees — pretty cold! But it was refreshing.
If you haven’t visited Dubrovnik, you’re in for a treat. You can take a walk along the city walls, I highly recommend that — you can take great pictures from there.
This walled city is where Kings Landing (Game of Thrones) was shot. This is the perfect setting for the quest for the Iron Throne.
One of the funnest things we did was to take a Game of Thrones tour. They took us around Kings Landing and showed us where they shot certain scenes and how they pieced scenes together. They also shared funny stories about how locals encountered the stars of Game of Thrones and the cost and intensity of shooting the episodes. Check out the pictures below — I am sure you will recognize some of the scenes (Red Keep, etc.).
I can’t say enough about how we enjoyed our trip to Croatia and our favorite city Dubrovnik. We also enjoyed the company of our 2 great friends, Kathy and Greg Tawes.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite pictures of Kings Landing (Dubrovnik), shot from the Red Keep: